Monday Morning Message 12.14.20 The Difference Between the Difficult and the Impossible.

Posted 2020-12-14 9:35am

“The difference between the difficult and the impossible is that the impossible takes a little longer time.” -  Lady Aberdeen

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot

This morning I want to make a holiday toast to those faculty and staff listed below who have served our law school and university for 10 or more years- an extraordinary accomplishment and testament to their depth of commitment to our law school, especially our students.

I asked Emily Kontur ’20, who bartended throughout law school to help pay for her legal education and who recently passed the Ohio Bar Exam, to create a special holiday drink for the CSU Cleveland-Marshall family, which she has named “The Merry Marshall Mint Martini !” Below is a link to Emily’s entertaining video tutorial and the recipe. At the end of her video, she sends a special message to her classmates. (Note: there are 3 Emily Kontur videos- the one furthest to the right is the Merry Marshall video)

Merry Marshall Mint Martini

  • 5 count of Stoli Vanilla (or any vanilla vodka you prefer) 
  • 5 count of Rumchata Peppermint Bark liqueur 
  • Just a splash of green Creme de Menthe for color 
  • Optional (but highly suggested): whip cream and chocolate crumbles 

Simply shake with ice and pour into your frosted martini glass to enjoy!

Note: if you do not have the pour tops for your liquors just remember that an ounce is a 4 count and so these are just slightly more than that. 

To the faculty and staff listed below- thank you for your perseverance, dedication, and commitment to educating thousands of CSU C|M|LAW lawyer-leaders.


  • Professor Sandra Kerber - 49 years
  • Professor Steve Lazarus - 47 years
  • Professor Peter Garlock - 45 years
  • Professor David Forte - 44 years
  • Professor Pam Daiker-Middaugh - 33 years
  • Professor Ken Kowalski - 31 years
  • Professor Karin Mika - 31 years
  • Professor Deborah Geier - 31 years
  • Professor Patti Falk - 30 years
  • Professor Kevin O’Neill - 27 years
  • Professor Heidi Robertson - 25 years
  • Professor April Cherry - 21 years
  • Associate Dean/Professor Carolyn Broering-Jacobs - 20 years
  • Professor Claire May - 19 years
  • Professor Chris Sagers - 18 years
  • Professor Carole Heyward - 17 years
  • Professor Michael Borden - 16 years
  • Professor Mark Sundahl- 16 years
  • Professor Brian Ray- 14 years
  • Professor Milena Sterio- 14 years
  • Professor Reggie Oh- 13 years
  • Professor Matthew Green- 12 years
  • Associate Dean/ Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich - 11 years
  • Professor Gwendolyn Majette - 10 years
  • Professor John Plecnik - 10 years


  • Holli Goodman - 37 years
  • Laura Ray- 31 years
  • Marcie Rechner - 30 years
  • Eric Domanski - 28 years
  • Jean Packard - 28 years
  • Donna Helfrich - 23 years (retiring December 31, 2020)
  • Tom Hurray - 22 years
  • Diane Adams - 20 years
  • Jonathan Elias- 19 years
  • Gina Huffman - 19 years
  • Rick Zhang - 17 years
  • Amy Miller - 13 years
  • Amy Burchfield - 13 years
  • Mary Jane McGinty – 10 years (Mary Jane was a lecturer prior to joining the staff full-time. Counting those years, Mary Jane has served 35 years!)
  • Beth Farrell- 10 years
  • Elaine Terman -10 years

This Week’s Monday Moment: Today, the members of the Electoral College will gather in their respective states to cast their official ballots for President. I served as an Ohio elector in 1992. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia legally require their electors to choose whoever won the state’s popular vote, but the other 17 states don’t “bind” their electors, meaning they can vote for whomever they choose. You can watch the livestreams of the proceedings in four key battleground states here : MichiganWisconsinPennsylvania and Georgia. Earlier this year, I participated in a national virtual debate sponsored by The City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Foundation, and Braver Angels, about the Electoral College. You can watch it here: Braver Angels & City Club Debate: Should We Abolish the Electoral College?  I argued for the abolition of the Electoral College.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay Committed to Living Justice.

Have a great day. Have a great week.

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My best,


Lee Fisher
Dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 
| Cleveland State University
Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law

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